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One of my favorite things to do in a new city is a street food tour. Food tour with a local guide is an extremely enjoyable crash course in culture and people of the land. On a recent trip, I picked a Kuala Lumpur food tour named ‘Flavours of Malaysia – Off the beaten track’, by ‘Simply Enak’.
Kuala Lumpur Food Tour
This tour covered the Chow Kit Market, also known as the biggest wet market in KL. Chow Kit area is divided into two parts, one the official red light district and the other a popular bazaar or market that houses produce, butchers and street food vendors.
Our tour started with a meet and greet outside the Chow Kit monorail station. Mimi, our tour guide, did a great job introducing us to the area and its historic vs current day relevance within the KL sub-culture.
This 3-4 hour tour cost $62.50 USD and was worth every penny. Mimi, a chow kit local and our tour guide was the highlight. Her passion for the area and its people was infectious and thoroughly enjoyable. The food on offer varied from hefty sampling to a full 8 course meal towards the end. It also offered various vegetarian options and accommodated those with food allergies.We were stuffed happy with knowledge and amazing food.
For me, a food tours remain the best way to quickly connect with the city and its culture. Every city has plethora of food tour options, I make sure to pick one that represents the locals best, away from the glitz and glamour of downtown or over commercialized tourist establishments. Chow Kit market was one such destination, a local favorite and a tourists’ delight.
Have you been to KL? What are your local favorites? Share with a comment below.